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Twin who survived abortion writes a letter to the abortion doctor

Claire Culwell knows what it’s like to be a survivor. At the age of 13, her mother learned she was pregnant and decided to have an abortion, though she didn’t know she was pregnant with twins.

After she had an abortion of Claire’s brother, she returned to the abortion clinic after realizing she still had a growing and developing baby inside of her. Told she was too late to have a second abortion, she gave birth to Claire, who struggled on life support as she dealt with a myriad of medical issues following her birth.

claireculwell2Despite the obstacles she has had to overcome, Claire is actively sharing her story — urging people to choose life instead of abortion. And now, via the web site of pro-life activist Abby Johnson, Claire has written an incredible letter with an incredible message to the abortion doctor.

Here is that letter:

Dear Dr. Patel,

I am writing with a heavy heart. I recently discovered you in the news due to the violations your abortion clinic has made. I found that I have a closer connection to you than I thought.

In 1988, my 13-year-old birth mother placed herself in your care to perform her abortion…her 20-week abortion. She was assured that the abortion would fix her problem and that her life would return to normal but it didn’t.

claireculwell3When she returned to see you, she was informed that the abortion had been successful, in part, but she was still pregnant as she had actually been pregnant with twins but had been misinformed. She was also told that during the abortion the amniotic sac had been ruptured, thus leaking fluid for weeks. This proposed many complications for my birth mother. Due to the botched abortion, I was born 2.5 months premature with many lifelong complications.

As I read your medical practice history, I found my testimony consistent with many of your other former patients. My birth mother was 13. She was young and naïve; she would be easy to manipulate and lie to. She didn’t know any better. Due to the abortion that was botched, my birth mother has suffered 26 years of hardship and regret. I can only imagine the things that may have happened that she feels like she can’t speak about…things that other women are confessing that you did to them while in your care.

However, she was not the only one affected by the failed abortion. My life, my family’s life, and my children’s lives would all eventually be effected by one “mistake” or one “botched abortion” that was performed so long ago. Not only was I born 2.5 months premature but I was born with complications including dislocated hips, club feet, and was on life support in the hospital. I went through multiple casts on my feet, a harness on my hips to prepare for surgery and body casts in order to correct what the abortion had done to my body. In fact, I still have hip and foot complications today due to the abortion. The unfortunate part is that I am not alone. Hundreds of other survivors of abortions are speaking up letting the world know that we ARE children, we DO deserve a chance at life and that abortion is, clearly, NOT SAFE.

claireculwell4I spent 21 years of my life wondering if I had a sibling that was missing. I felt it in my heart. My birth mother confirmed my questions when she told me about her abortion when I met her. Realizing that you have lived your entire life without your twin is a harsh reality.  However, the hardest part for me is realizing that you took my daddy’s only son from him. His life would have been even more full and joyful had he had his son who would carry on his family name and do the things he loves with him—hunt and fish. Because of the selfishness that abortion has brought to us today, our family will remain incomplete and I mourn the amazing adventures my daddy is missing with my brother.

In February of 2013, another miracle happened… My daughter was born! I can’t help but think about how she wouldn’t be here if the abortion had been successful on my life. She has only been here for a short time but she has touched so many lives with her fun-loving personality. I can’t help but wonder how many children are missing because their mothers were misinformed by you and told that the best decision, or even the only decision, was abortion.

Dr. Patel, I write to not only shed light on the reality of the severe aftermath that can happen when abortions are performed but to also express my forgiveness to you for what happened. I have lived a full life and been well loved in my 26 years of life despite my circumstances. I was adopted into an incredible home that gave more grace and forgiveness than I ever could have asked for. In the same way I have been forgiven by God for many things, I choose to forgive you. I forgive you for performing the abortion in 1988 and for the enormous impact it has had on my birth mother and me.

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I also pray for you. I pray that you are able to see past the medicine, the money and your usual way of life… and that you will remember my face (and my daughter’s who would not be here had the abortion been successful) as you go to perform abortions. I pray that as you remember my face that you will be moved in such a way to walk away from the abortion practice and use your gifts outside of the industry. I assure you that many of us, myself included, would help you leave the industry and be encouragers and supporters to you. I would welcome you with open arms because I fully believe your life and what you do with your life is just as valuable as every single unborn child that I advocate for. I will continue to pray for you and your past and current patients.

Sincerely,

Claire Culwell

original article: You Won’t Believe What a Twin Who Survived Abortion Says in a Letter to the Abortion Doctor
April 29, 2014 by STEVEN ERTELT

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NYU Asks Employees For Donations To Help Students Pay Crippling Cost Of Attending NYU

Another great reason to separate school and state.

Incoming NYU students can expect to shell out roughly $71,000 for tuition and expenses next year. An awful lot of that money is going to pay for administrators, President John Sexton’s Fire Island beach house, and the pricey Manhattan real estate the university is sucking up like a satanic vacuum. So where will they find the money to educate these 18-year-old adult-lets, who can’t possibly fathom what it means to enjoy a lifetime of crushing debt?

Trim the salaries of their top administrators, or at least stop handing out obscenely large bonuses? Quit opening satellites in foreign countries with dubious human rights records?

Or why not just appeal to the school’s apparently underpaid staff to help out?

full article: NYU Asks Employees For Donations To Help Students Pay Crippling Cost Of Attending NYU
March 27, 2015 by Lauren Evans

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What is the University Diversity Scam?


Mar 23, 2015 by Prager University

Another reason to separate school from state.

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Pro-abortion author admits abortion isn’t about health or rights, it’s about narcissistic convenience

original article: Children’s Book about Abortion: My ‘Sister Is a Happy Ghost!’
March 25, 2015 by Katie Yoder

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FBI figures tweaked to show phony increase in mass shootings, report says

Crime stats published by the FBI and relied upon by the media distort the gun violence and leave the public with the impression “mass shooting” incidents are a much bigger threat than they really are, according to a criminologist and Second Amendment scholar.

The bureau’s annual reports tabulating and classifying a wide range of crime throughout the nation have been historically free of politics, but John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said the latest statistics contain numbers that are misleading at best and deliberately fudged at worst. Lott believes the numbers may have been presented to overstate for political purposes the true risk of being a victim of random gun crimes.

full article: FBI figures tweaked to show phony increase in mass shootings, report says
March 25, 2015 by Perry Chiaramonte

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Playing politics with abortion instead of helping the poor

The pro-abortion lobby loves to call pro-lifers who support abortion regulations extremists; however, we’re not the ones filibustering late-term abortion bans and bipartisan legislation to stop human trafficking, or throwing fits about the non-controversial Hyde amendment.

As LifeNews previously reported, prior to the passage of the pro-life amendment in 1976, the federal Medicaid program paid for 300,000 abortions a year.

Unbelievably, now Senate Democrats are trying to stop a bipartisan deal on Medicare between Rep. Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner.

Roll Call reports that Pelosi and Boehner are working on a piece of legislation that would benefit the poor by ditching the yearly fixes to the payment formula for Medicare doctors. The deal would do this by blocking a 21% cut in doctors’ Medicare fees and change how doctors are reimbursed for Medicare patients in the future. It would also provide money for a health program for low-income children.

However, Minority Leader Harry Reid expressed concern that the tentative House agreement would write restrictions on abortions at community health centers into law. Of course Planned Parenthood jumped at the opportunity to support abortion and said on Twitter, “Senator Reid is standing up for women against #HydeandSneak attacks. Ask Sen. McConnell, SpeakerBoehner, and NancyPelosi to do the same!”

The post is truly laughable considering Pelosi’s infamous love affair with abortion. If you don’t remember, she’s the representative who called late-abortion “sacred ground” in 2013 after a reporter asked her about the difference between gruesome abortions and infanticides done by Kermit Gosnell.

full article: Democrats in Congress Would Rather Fund Abortions Than Help the Poor
March 24, 2015 by SARAH ZAGORSKI

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Gay marriage and marriage equality are not the same thing

All you’ve done is redefine the parameters of marriage. You support gay marriage, not “marriage equality.”

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected gay marriage appeals from Indiana, Oklahoma, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin, in essence allowing lower courts to legalize same-sex couples. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS), an institution that has vigorously opposed gay marriage for some time now, conceded that the political battle over marriage is over. “As far as the civil law is concerned,” the Mormon Church admitted, “the courts have spoken.”

Actually, nothing is over until God says it’s over. At least, this is my understanding of how religion operates. So while I don’t want to accuse Mormons of being a bunch of serial quitters, let’s just say this isn’t the first time they’ve folded in the face of adversity. Luckily, every time a door closes …

Obviously, polygamy, once practiced by early church members, has long since been renounced by the LDS church. It the late nineteenth century, after decades of religious persecution and pressure from the U.S. government, Mormons dropped the practice (although some obstinate fundamentalist groups persist). The LDS is probably the last group willing to bring up plural marriage, but now would be the time to right some historical wrongs.

The would-be polygamist needs only to use the arguments of a gay-marriage advocate: What kind of moral claim, for instance, does anyone have to stand in the way of peaceful, consenting adults who call their union a marriage? Shouldn’t every minority, no matter how beleaguered, be able to enjoy happiness with the one—or ones—they love? In a perfect nation, wouldn’t all Americans be immune from the cultural and religious prejudices of others? Isn’t it a tad judgmental for us to force every household to comport to our own stifling definition of family? Sally Kohn knows what I’m talking about.

After all, how does another person’s connubial situation undermine your marriage or corrode the institution, anyway? Have you seen the divorce rates!? Straight people have already ruined the institution. And we want in.

Personally, I don’t have any misgivings about same-sex marriage, mostly because I don’t believe it destabilizes society or family—although I suspect it will offer gay Americans far more stability. The policy debate is about over, anyway. These days, we should be more troubled by the persistent need to coerce and demean those who hold religious objections to gay unions into compliance. And if I were, say, a practicing Catholic, I could never accept that the sacrament of marriage could be redefined by judges, democracy, or anyone other than the Big Guy. This is neither homophobic nor does it undermine your happiness. In my small “l” libertarian utopia, people are free to enter into voluntary arrangements and others are free to believe that the participants of these arrangements may lead to eternal damnation.

The polygamy argument offends many gay-marriage advocates, who view it as an unfair and unnecessary distraction. But I’m not offering Santorum-style slippery slope arguments here. I don’t believe polygamy will be legalized. My sense is that the vast majority of Americans have little interest in shacking up with their sisters or entering into a ménage à trois (well, in its literal meaning, “a household of three,” at least). Rather, I’m asking on what logical grounds can a person argue that gay marriage is okay but polygamy is not—or any other type of marriage? If your answer is an arbitrary declaration like “the ideal union is between only two individuals” then all you’ve done is redefine the parameters of marriage. You support gay marriage, not “marriage equality.”

original article: Stop Calling It Marriage Equality
OCTOBER 8, 2014 By David Harsanyi

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Obama can ignore the rhetoric of one foreign leader, but not another

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal released a statement Tuesday blasting President Obama as an “inept commander in chief. Jindal, who may run for the GOP nomination for president, criticized Obama’s willingness to dismiss the Iranian supreme leader’s “death to America” exhortations as “political rhetoric” while publicly criticizing the campaign rhetoric of Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.

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“I realize President Obama is accustomed to misleading the voters, but he shouldn’t assume Middle Eastern tyrants use words as loosely as he does. He’s acting like this is no different than ‘if you like your health care plan you can keep it,'” said Jindal in his statement. “At the same time, the President and his minions are becoming more and more hostile to Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israel. The White House Chief of Staff is now saying they cannot ‘simply pretend’ that comments the Prime Minister of Israel clarified never happened.

Jindal continued: ““How did we get to a point where the White House believes the Iranian Supreme Leader’s comments about ‘death to America’ are just political rhetoric, and we don’t take the word of one of the leaders of our strongest allies?  It’s simply because President Obama doesn’t value the strategic and historic bond between the United States and Israel. This President can sit at a negotiating table with folks who say ‘death to America, but cannot sit at a table with the Prime Minister of Israel. He’s an inept Commander-in-chief.”

original article: Jindal: Obama an ‘Inept Commander in Chief’
March 24, 2015 by MICHAEL WARREN

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Feminist who knows real oppression mocks first world trite feminism

Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a harsh critic of Islam’s treatment of women, said Wednesday that modern American feminism is focused on “trivial bullshit” and needs to be reclaimed.

Speaking at the Independent Women’s Forum Women of Valor dinner, where she received an award for courage, Hirsi Ali reminded her audience of how far feminism has strayed from its original purpose.

“I want you to remember that once upon a time, feminists fought for the access — basic right — access of girls to education,” she said.

Hirsi Ali — who despite the harsh words she said, spoke softly, almost timidly — told the story of a fight between her mother and father when she was about 11 years old. Her mother wanted to take her and her sister out of school because education would lead them to rebel against their family and “bring shame upon us.” Her father responded by saying, “If you take my girls out of school, I am going to curse you and you are going to burn in hell.”

Taken out of context, Hirsi Ali said, one might side with her mother, but in reality, she said it was her father that allowed her to be educated and helped make her what she is today.

full article: Hirsi Ali slams feminism’s ‘trivial BS’
November 20, 2014 by ASHE SCHOW

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“Microaggressions”, “Trigger Warnings”, and the New Meaning of “Trauma”

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When I joined the Marines, I met a man who had survived a helicopter crash during a training exercise. The first time I saw him his head and face were covered in burn scars. A balloon filled with saline, that looked like a dinosaur’s crest, was implanted in his scalp to stretch the skin so hair could grow. Something that looked exactly like the checkered buttstock of an M16A2 was imprinted on one side of his head. He greeted me when I checked in to my unit, and totally ignored the shocked expression I must have had when he approached. He shook my hand, asked a few questions, then left with a friendly “See you later, PFC.” His demeanor left me with the absurd thought, Maybe he doesn’t know how strange he looks.

He had been assigned to my reserve unit while undergoing treatment at a nearby military burn unit…

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